Noted Philanthropist Lorry Lokey Makes $2 Million Gift to Lewis & Clark to Support Outstanding Professors

The Source - Lewis & Clark at 10.54.35 AMPortland native and Business Wire founder Lorry Lokey has made a $2 million gift to provide recognition and financial support to outstanding professors at Lewis & Clark. The gift will permanently endow the Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Fund, thus ensuring additional revenue to help sustain the teaching, research, and creative accomplishments that distinguish faculty of the College of Arts and Sciences. The gift is the largest from a living person in the past ten years.

“Lorry Lokey has a deep belief in the power of education to change lives and society for the better,” Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner said. “Indeed, he has cultivated education in ways that have been called ‘transformational’ and ‘catalytic.’ We are grateful for his friendship, his generosity, and his recognition of our extraordinary faculty.”

Business Wire founder Larry Lokey, center, has already helped honor top professors at Lewis & Clark College, a liberal arts school in his hometown of Portland. A 2014 donation of $150,000 rewarded the first Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence honorees: biology professor Kellar Autumn, left, philosophy professor Rebecca Copenhaver, next to Autumn, and choral director Katherine FitzGibbon. Lewis & Clark President Barry Glassner, far right, posed with Lokey and the winning professors. (Lewis & Clark)

At Lewis & Clark, Lokey recognizes that faculty members give so much time and effort to their students that it’s a natural extension for him to give them financial support in return. And his message to donors at all levels is straightforward: “I’d rather give money away now while I can take joy and pleasure in seeing it make a difference—and you should, too.”

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